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Toreros host No. 25 SDSU Aztecs on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.
March 12, 2018

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TOREROS HOME FOR FOUR GAMES: The University of San Diego Toreros baseball team (9-7) plays four games this week at Fowler Park beginning with No. 25 San Diego State (10-5) on Tuesday, March 13 (6:00 p.m.). WCC play begins on Friday (6:00 p.m.) with a three-game set with Santa Clara (10-4). Saturday’s first pitch is set for 5:00 p.m. followed by Sunday’s finale at 1:00 pm.

FOWLER PARK TICKETS: Single-game tickets for San Diego baseball are now on sale. The 2018 regular season schedule features 28 home games, highlighted by remaining nonconference matchups against San Diego State (March 13) and Cal State Fullerton (April 17). Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 4-12). Group ticket pricing is also available for groups of 10 ($8) and 20 or more ($5). Season tickets are also available, starting at $150 and are available to young alumni for $75. Season tickets can be purchased on or by calling 619-260-7550.

STREAM/STATS: The University of San Diego home games will be streamed on with Jack Murray bringing you all of the action. Former Torero head coach John Cunningham will provide analysis when he is available. Live stats can also be found at

TORERO SKIPPER Rich Hill: Rich Hill has built the USD Toreros into one of the most successful Division I baseball programs on the West Coast. The 2018 season is Hill’s 31st year as a head coach at the collegiate level, and 20th at USD, having enjoyed 26 winning seasons in 30 years. Since taking over at USD in 1999, Hill has been remarkable in re-writing the school record book en route to claiming back-to-back West Coast Conference Championship titles in 2002 and 2003 and also claiming the WCC crown in 2007, 2008 and 2010. Under his leadership, USD produced three consecutive first round picks in Kris Bryant, Connor Joe and Kyle Holder (2013-15). USD has had 50 players sign a pro contract in the last nine years and has been tabbed the WCC preseason favorite for nine of the past eleven years. Hill enters the SDSU game with a career USD record of 656-452-4 (.592). Including his six years at Cal Lutheran and five at San Francisco, Hill’s career record is 988-676-4 (.594). Remarkably he needs just 12 more wins to reach the coveted 1,000 win club.

TUE: RHP Nathan Kuchta (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Justin Goossen-Brown (1-1, 4.50 ERA)

A LOOK AHEAD: The Toreros will begin a string of eight straight road games with a nonconference match-up at Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday, March 20th. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 pm. That will be followed by a three-game set at Pacific (March 23-25), a nonconference game at Stanford (March 27) and a second WCC three-game set at San Francisco (March 29-31).

TORERO TIDBITS: San Diego (9-7) went 1-2 last week against the Houston Cougars in the state of Texas... Houston won the first two games (4-3, 5-2) before USD was able to claim Sunday’s victory (7-4) behind a dominating performance from LHP Nick Sprengel... Sprengel earned his first win of the year and left the game after six innings with a 3-0 lead after he allowed just one single while striking out nine Cougar batters... In the win Adam Kerner went 4-for-5 at the plate with three doubles, 2 runs scored and one RBI... Daniel Gardner went 3-for-5 with one run and a key 2-run double... Paul Kunst, Jay Schuyler, and Jeff Houghtby (2 RBIs) all contributed two hits... Anthony Donatella closed out the final 1.1 innings to earn his first save of the season... In Friday’s opener, a 4-3 loss, Brhet Bewley gave the Toreros a 3-0 lead with a 3-run homer in the top of the third; he also reach base three other times in the game via walks... In Saturday’s 5-2 loss, Jay Schuyler went 3-for-3 at the plate... Freshman Gabriel Ponce pitched the final two innings in relief of starter Chris Murphy and allowed just one hit while striking out two... For the season the Toreros are being paced by Jay Schuyler (.403 b.a., 27 hits, 12 RBIs), Paul Kunst (.309 b.a., 11 runs) and Adam Kerner (.308 b.a., 10 runs, 6 doubles)... Paul Richan (34 K’s over 26.0 innings), Nick Sprengel (26 K’s over 15.0 innings) and Chris Murphy (24 K’s over 21.0 innings) are giving opposing batters fits... In the first meeting with San Diego State, a 3-2 win in 10 innings for USD, the Toreros were paced by Daniel Gardner (3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI) and Tora Otsuka (3-for-5)... Justin Friedman picked up the win in relief going 1.1 innings and allowing just one hit while striking out two.

SCOUTING SAN DIEGO STATE: The Aztecs come to Fowler Park with a 10-5 record and national ranking of No. 25 in the Baseball America poll for the second straight week. This past weekend they won two of three Mountain West games against Air Force... They opened with a 3-2 win, dropped game two 7-3, and won the series with a 3-2 win on Sunday... The Aztecs are off to a 4-1 start in league play... For the season Matt Rudick is leading the offense with his .438 batting average (13 runs, 21 hits)... Chase Calabuig leads the team with 13 RBIs to go with two home runs... Garrett Hill (3-0, 1.25 ERA) owns 30 strikeouts over 21.2 innings of work... Head Coach Mark Martinez is in his 4th season and owns a 114-87 record.

The Last Meeting
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February 20, 2018
San Diego, Calif. (@ SDSU)
Toreros defeat Aztecs 3-2 in 10 innings
The USD Toreros (3-2) came away with a hard-fought 3-2 decision over San Diego State this evening at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Pinch hitter Dante Gutierrez sliced a two-out double down the left field line that scored Jay Schuyler from first base for the game winning run in the top of the 10th.



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